The fun just keeps going!
Single Moguls Day at the Games was spectacular! The sun came out for Finals, the tunes were pumping and the skiers were flying down 180 metres of mogul strewn mayhem. It ended up being a four medal day for Quebec but it was not without a fight.
We had 19 Women and 31 Men in the today’s event. The top 16 athletes from the Qualification round moved on to the Final and what a Final it was!
The favourite coming into Single Moguls Day was Quebec, they are usually a dominant force in this event, and today was to exception. It was looking like a possible sweep for the Women with three Quebec girls sitting on the potential podium with only one skier, BC’s Andi Naude, left to go. The three Quebec girls had all stepped it up for the Final and had put down some SOLID runs, so everyone was thinking the pressure on Naude must have been nuts but she blew out of the gate like she had a jet engine strapped on her back and simply had the run of the day! The fastest time, the best turns and the best jumps, taking the gold by almost 1.5 points. Given the strength and performances of the Quebec Team, everyone was in shock but Andi, who looked proud and confident! What a great run and what a great event!
On the Men’s side it was an air show that Wentworth won’t soon forget. There were two big highlights: the first was Simon Boileau from Quebec who made my eyes pop when he almost landed a 1080 (three spins) off the top air, he just went huge, landed past the chop and unfortunately lost a ski upon landing. He skied the rest of the course on one ski – this is allowed but his medals hopes were over. The second highlight was Simon Lemieux who won by putting down a run reminiscent of Olympic Gold medalist Alex. His turns were awesome and he threw down a straight back full (back layout flip with a full twist) off the top air and a D Spin 1080 (off-axis flip with two twists) off the bottom. Hugo Blanchette who was in the lead after the Qualifications, and last out of the gate in the Final, stumbled a bit on his top air which put him out of contention for the podium.
It was a great performance by all of the teams and another great day for the Yukon with Anatole Tuzlak being the first ever from Y Territory to make it to the Final in Single Moguls!
1) Andi Naude, BC 24.42
2) Katrine Bazinet, QC 23.14
3) Julie Bureau, QC 23.09
1) Simon Lemieux, QC 24.14
2) Kerrian Chunlaud, QC 23.59
3) Luke Ulsifer, AB 23.11
One more day (Friday Feb. 18th ) to go with Dual Moguls set to be underway at 12:30 PM. Head to head action straight down Idiot’s Way at Wentworth. DON’T MISS IT!